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cotton farm
Australia was on track for a record cotton crop until flooding affected production, with prices also easing from highs at the start of 2022.
Tomato Greenhouse, controlled environment ag, CEA
A confluence of events could lead to increased food scarcity in 2023, with knock-on effects for prices and an increase in the attractiveness of controlled environment production in hot countries.
A renewed focus on the importance of diet and nutrition, as well as enthusiasm for more sustainable crop inputs and alternative materials, continue to provide opportunities for agtech investors.
Aerial shot of timber plantation in New Zealand owned by New Forests
New Forests’ ANZLAFF is its fourth fund focused on Australia and New Zealand, investing in plantation forestry, infrastructure and agriculture.
Grain farm, wheat harvest
Roc Partners’ Longriver Farms has sold grain storage and handling business Emerald Grain less than two years after acquiring it from Sumitomo Corporation.
The Premium Food Fund has made five investments to date and is 40% committed, with another two or three deals over the next two years set to take it to full deployment.
Retail prices for avocados in Australia are tracking 47% below the five-year average thanks to an oversupply following large harvests in 2021-22.
Farm, smart robot, automation, agriculture
'Agriculture and food production is way behind other industries in terms of technology adoption, but disruption is now coming in fast,' says Alastair Cooper of ADM Capital.
Food, supply chain, agtech, greenhouse, indoor farming, CEA
The firm has also raised €260m for its debut Food Ecosystem Fund, which it expects to close on €300m in Q3.
One of the medium to long-term impacts of the coronavirus could be to encourage more states to bring their food supply chains closer to home.
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